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Rustler 36 - SOLD

£79,950 GBP

Recent new engine (2016) and sails (2020)

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Lying: United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer / modelRustler 36 - SOLD
New or usedUsed
Price£79,950 GBP
Tax / VAT statusPaid / included
Price commentRecent new engine (2016) and sails (2020)
LyingHamble, United Kingdom


Length overall10.72 m
Length waterline8.07 m
Beam3.20 m
Draft1.72 m
Displacement7,500 kg
KeelLong keel


Rustler 36 for sale.

Sorry, unfortunately this yacht is now SOLD

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The Rustler 36 from the board of Holman and Pye is an immensely strong, go anywhere, classic cruising yacht with excellent sailing performance.

Polynya is a well specified wheel steered example of these highly sought-after iconic yachts.

Extremely capable, she is owned by a knowledgeable and experienced couple and has many thoughtful additions and upgrades including Hydrovane self steering, a recent new Yanmar engine, recent new rigging and new Sanders sails.

Further details are in the full specification section, but her notable highlights include:

New Yanmar 3YM Engine (2016)
Darglow Feathering Prop
120amp High Output Alternator
Forestay and furler (Profurl C320) renewed 2015
Shrouds and backstay renewed 2018
Fully battened mainsail (with Fredericksen Ballslide system) by Sanders new 2020
Yankee by Sanders new 2020
New Sprayhood 2017
New Liferaft (2020)
Zodiac Tender and Outboard
Radar and AIS (Transceiver)
Cabin Heating
Wind Generator
Hydrovane Self Steering

Lying: Hamble

Available to view by appointment, please contact John Rodriguez Yachts

PHOTOGRAPHY - PLEASE NOTE: Polynya has an excellent all over custom fitted winter cover, which is currently in place, as such we are unable to access her to take our usual high-quality video and photographs. Instead we are using owner supplied photos, but these are of a much lower resolution than our usual advertising photography.


Boat Name: Polynya

Make & Model: Rustler 36

Designer: Holman & Pye

Year: Hull 29 (1989) Not launched until 1995

Hull Material: GRP

Keel Type: Long deep keel with cutaway forefoot

Length Overall: 10.72m

Length Over Waterline: 8.07m

Beam: 3.2m

Draft: 1.72m

Ballast: 3.4 tons

Displacement: 7.5 tons

Fuel Tankage: Approx 150 lts

Water Tankage: Approx 200 lts

Engine Make and Model: Yanmar 3YM (2016)

Engine HP: 29

Engine Hours: Circa 640

Prop: 3 bladed feathering propeller by Darglow


Designed by Holman & Pye

Built by Orion Marine and fitted out by present owner Chris Elliott. Hull no. 29 Year 1989

First launched August 1995

The first owner ordered and purchased the hull and deck from Orion marine. The hull is no. 29. The specification called for some modifications that included additional lay-up at the stem, additional lay-up at the deck hull joint and balsa core from the gunwale to below the waterline. The deck was teak laid. Below the waterline the hull was copper-clad. In the current ownership below the waterline copper-bot was professionally applied over the copper-clad in 1997.


The original Yanmar 3GM engine was replaced by a Yanmar 3YM in 2016. Engine hrs as of September 2020, 640hrs. The new engine has a high output alternator at 120amps. The Darglow feathering propeller was re-pitched to accommodate the greater torque developed by the new engine. Cruising speed 5/5.5kts maximum speed 6.8kts.


Dedicated engine start battery 12-volt 75amp hr, new 2020.
Domestic batteries 12-volt 2x 110amp, new 2014 (due replacement)
AC system, inlet socket in cockpit, galvanic isolator, distribution panel with main breaker switch, two AC socket outlets.
Three phase mains battery charged, max output 10amps.
Marlec Rutland 1200 wind charger with remote control fitted 2018
DC distribution panel at chart table
Separate high-power breakers switches for windlass, high output socket for dinghy inflation and switch for wash down/anchor wash pump.
DC monitor panel at chart table to read amps in use, output from engine alternator, check battery voltages. Voltages can also be checked on marlec remote control


SS freshwater tank beneath cabin sole, approx. 200lt capacity. Manual FW pump in galley. Pressurised system with accumulator supplying hot and cold water to galley and washbasin and shower in heads compartment. 5-gallon calorifier fitted on fwd bulkhead of cockpit lkr, heated by engine coolant and/or cabin heater.
Grey water from galley and heads compartment drains to tank in bilge and then automatically pumped overboard via whale sump pump.


Dickensen drip feed diesel heater fitted stbd aft in main saloon immediately fwd of the galley. Max output 2kw. Rather than a header tank, a car/lorry type fuel pump maintains 4psi fuel pressure to the heaters carburettor. The heater and pump are silent.


20kg bower anchored stowed on stem head roller. 50mts 10mm anchor chain attached to 30 mts nylon warp. Lewmar anchor windlass with handheld controller.
15kg anchor with 5mts chain and 50mts nylon warp


"This was the first Rustler 36 to be fitted with a twin spreader rig to set two headsails, a high cut yankee on forestay and staysail on the inner forestay. It was my wish to use this arrangement rather than set a genoa. Holman and Pye re-worked the rig and supplied the modified sail plan. The rig does does not preclude a genoa being set and the inner forestay being removable and re-set for heavy weather."

Sailspar mast with double set of spreaders deck stepped. Mast supported under deck by substantial aluminium support pillar.
Sailspar main boom, spinnaker pole stowed vertically in front of the mast and second extending spinnaker pole stowed on deck. Two separate heel fittings for the respective poles fitted to the spinnaker track on the mast.
Standing rigging consists of 8mm forestay, 8mm backstay with adjustable tensioner, 7mm inner forestay, 8mm forward and aft lower shrouds, 10mm lower span to cap shrouds, 8mm masthead span, 6mm intermediate to upper spreaders with bottle screws. 6mm preventer backstays to upper spreaders with 12mm rope tails and 6mm lines.
Forestay and furler (Profurl C320) renewed 2015
Shrouds and backstay renewed 2018
Track fitted on coach roof with cars for sheeting the staysails. Tracks fitted to side decks with towable cars for sheeting the yankee.


Port and stbd on the mast Andersen 2 speed ST25s. For main’sl, yankee, stay’sl and spinnaker halyards all passing through lewmar clutches fitted to the mast.
Andersen ST12 fitted on mast beneath the boom for main’sl clew reef points.
Andersen ST46 primary winches.
Secondary winches port side Andersen ST 40, stbd side Lewmar 40 "(I have been meaning to exchange this winch for another Andersen ST40)"
On coachroof either side of main companionway Lewmar 30s.


Main’sl fully battened with Fredericksen ballslide system by Sanders new 2020. Sail number on main GBR 4736R. Stack-pack in silver supplied new with main’sl.
Yankee Sanders 2020. A superior reinforced Dacron was used for this sail.
Stay’sl, hanked to inner forestay Channon 2005
Heavy weather stays’sl, Parker and Kay 1995. Only used on three occasions.
0.75oz light weight symmetric spinnaker, with snuffer. Parker & Kay 1995
1.5oz asymmetric spinnaker with furling gear or snuffer. Channon 2005
Lighter weight MPG headsail 150%. Crusader sails 2007.

In addition:
Spare fully battened main’sl by Parker & Kay 2005
Spare furling yankee by Channon 2005.
Both these sails serviceable.


Stack-pack for main’sl and conventional cover that was used for previous main’sl
Cover for stay’sl
Sprayhood re-newed 2017 fitted with rear facing valence enabling mainhatch to remain open even with strong wind and rain from astern, very useful in port and at sea.
Bimini covers and frame with removable covers over forward end sides and back.
Over boom and cockpit sun cover.
Overall winter cover.
Binnacle cover
Hydrovane cover


36” wheel leather covered connected to rudder via whitlock rod system via lay-shaft to accommodate 45 degree angle of rudder. Emergency tiller can be attached to stub tiller.
Raymarine 6001 under-deck type 1 electric hydraulic auto-pilot.
Hydrovane wind-vane with auxiliary rudder.
Tiller pilot set up to connect to hydrovane rudder providing accurate downwind steering with low electrical consumption.


Various switches on DC distribution panel supplies power to the following equipment.
Nav Lights, including tri-colour at masthead, bi-colour on pulpit, stern light on pushpit, steaming light on mast, all round white light at masthead.
Furuno GPS linked to plotter and VHF
Furuno radar plotter, heading input supplied from Raymarine fluxgate compass that is linked to Raymarine auto-pilot
Furuno equipment installed around 2005
Simrad AIS transceiver, with separate GPS receiver and VHF link via VHF splitter
Icom DCS VHF installed around 2007, linked to loudspeaker on instrument panel under sprayhood.
Icom hand-held VHF
Navico Corus equipment consisting of Fluxgate compass, depth sounder, log/speed, wind instruments. Read outs on instrument panel above main hatch, under the sprayhood
Plastimo Olympic magnetic compass set on binnacle


Foc’sle: P&S single bunks with in-fill to form double. Large stowage areas beneath bunks. Outboard above bunks P&S long open shelf and above lkrs three on each side.
Between foc’sle and main saloon, port side: Spacious head compartment with manual toilet, wash basin and shower unit. Lkrs outboard. On the stbd side hanging wardrobes closed off by sliding doors.

Saloon: P& S salon settees 6’ 6” long fitted with lee-cloths, stowage under the settees, stowage behind the settees, at the level of the settee backs and outboard P&S long deep shelf with lkr fitted at for’d end and aft end, and open for book stowage between held in by battens. On port side aft set into foot end of the settee is the Dickensen heater.

Aft of saloon port side: Athwartship chart table, with lifting lid to chart stowage compartment, beneath that large lkr closed off by sliding doors. A further lkr beneath. Behind chart table instrument panel with Furuno GPS, Furuno radar/plotter, Simrad AIS transceiver. DC distribution panel and DC monitor panel.

Abaft chart table, large quarter berth (friendly double) with shelf outboard, forward end of shelf is location for windcharger remote control. Above head of quarter berth hung from deck head is the ICOM DSC VHF with micro phone on extending lead.

On aft bulkhead port side engine panel, well protected from being immersed in seawater.

Under the quarter which is divided into three sections. The forward section has all primary switches. Mains battery charger, paraffin pressure tank to supply galley Taylors cooker. Leaving ample space for other stowage. The middle compartment contains the batteries and associated equipment. The aft compartment provides further general stowage.

Abaft the saloon stbd side: The galley with gimballed Taylors paraffin cooker with two top burners and oven. The for’d work surface gives access into the fridge box. The fridge compressor is water cooled and was renewed around 2010. On the aft work surface are twin deep sinks. Outboard lkrs closed off by sliding doors. Further stowage under the cooker and under the sinks.


Zodiac FR 285 with inflatable floor (2002)
3.3hp 2 stroke mariner outboard


Seago 4man liferaft in canister, stowed on coachroof. (New July 2020)
Lifebuoy with light attached to Dan buoy with flag and light
Recovery sling deployed on long floating line
Separate throwing line
6 crewsaver lifejackets with harnesses
Webbing jack-stays
Echomax radar reflector
Emergency grab bag
3 fire extinguishers, one in foc’sle, one in main saloon, one stowed under cockpit locker lid
Fire blanket in galley
First aid kit

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs


"The first owner took delivery of the hull and deck with engine mounted but not fully installed in 1989. In 1993 I bought the hull unchanged.
The yacht was first launched in 1995 only partially fitted out at this stage. The interior furniture was made by a skilled cabinet maker. All the furniture is teak panelled and framed in American ash.
Solid teak is extensively used, this teak was re-cycled from teak decking that was removed from the RRS John Biscoe that I commanded at the time.
In reading this specification you will note that no money has been spared in keeping the yacht in good condition. The present working sails are the third set.
I will hand-over to the purchaser a filing cabinet that has sail plans, steering gear plans and all major invoices since the yacht was new.
I am only selling as I am shortly in position to consider a slightly larger yacht."

Lying: Hamble

PHOTOGRAPHY - PLEASE NOTE: Polynya has an excellent all over custom fitted winter cover, which is currently in place, as such we are unable to access her to take our usual high-quality video and photographs. Instead we are using owner supplied photos but these are of a much lower resolution than our usual advertising phoitography.

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